An Ingrown toe nail is a nail that has a complex growth curved inwards or outwards into the flesh. It causes distress and a prolonged occurrence of this growth might lead to internal injury characterized by inflammation, pus formation and subsequent bleeding. It is advisable to treat the injury to avoid infection spreading to other areas of the toe.
Persons liable/likely to get ingrown toe nails
- Sports persons who are involved in athletics as their toe line is subjected to repetitive pressure, sweating or injury.
- People who remove their toe nails more often
- Persons who cut the toe nail that has a complex growth into the flesh in order to get relief from the discomfort Factors leading to the ingrown toe nails
Hereditary influence may cause the ingrown toenails problem.
- Your standing/walking style, a swelling on the first joint of the big toe, an inward turn in the sole, and complex growth of the nails are some specific reasons.
- Use of tight footwear or socks will compress your toe flesh against the nail causing ingrown toe nails.
- Heavy sweating in the foot makes the skin soft, thereby assisting the penetration of the nail into the flesh.
- Fragile nails with sharp edges lead to the toenail injury problem.
- The most prevalent reason is not dressing up the toenails periodically.